Family grateful for support

A YOUNG Childers family devastated by a caravan fire has vowed to rebuild their lives, after being overwhelmed by the generosity of the community and government agencies.

Nathan Waters, his partner Kristy Bagnall and their five children were left with only the clothes on their back when all their possessions were incinerated in the blaze last Friday.

“We've still got each other, we're a family and that's all that matters,” Mr Waters said.

Temporarily staying at the Childers Motel, Mr Waters said he could not believe how quickly residents and government bodies had responded to their plight.

“It's incredible how quickly everything was done for us and how everyone has rallied behind us, especially the Neighbourhood Centre and Bundaberg Regional Housing,” he said.

“It's impossible to say how grateful we are, but we'll never forget it, that's for sure.”

The couple and their children Toni, Leikita, Jesse, Jeff and Brock,- ranging in age from one to 14 - had moved to Childers about two years ago in search of a better life and were due to move to a rented house.

“I started my job as an apprentice mechanic at Wechsels about a month ago and everything was really starting to look up,” Mr Waters said.

“Then (the fire) happened. But we've still got each other and we'll bounce back - we owe that to all the good people who have got behind us.” Donations are still being accepted for the family at the Neighbourhood Centre. Call 41304690.

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